ISA may choose to make public statements in two types of circumstances.
- The first are in cases when academic freedom is at risk. In this context, the Academic Freedom Committee (AFC) is charged with documenting instances where scholars in any disciplines related to international studies are persecuted for their peaceful, non-partisan, professional activities, particularly when engaged in activities related to scholarly research and teaching. This committee charge pertains only to the non-partisan, peaceful conduct of academic activities and freedom of expression. When cases are brought to ISA’s attention, the Academic Freedom Committee deliberates over the issue and can make a recommendation to the ISA Executive Committee for action. The Executive Committee reviews the recommendation and with a 2/3 majority may issue a statement on behalf of ISA. Those statements are usually signed by the President, Executive Director and the chair of Academic Freedom Committee and posted to the ISA website, announced on social media and sent to the relevant governmental targets for the statement.
- The second case where ISA may make public statements is on issues of concern to the field of international studies as a profession. In such situations, a concern is submitted to the ISA Executive Committee for review. The Executive Committee reviews the issues at hand and with a 2/3 majority may issue a statement on behalf of ISA. Those statements are usually signed by the President, President-Elect, Past-President and Executive Director and posted to the ISA website, announced on social media and sent to the relevant targets for the statement.
Any actions taken under this policy must not compromise ISA's 501c3 regarding involvement in partisan politics.
- Groups or officers within ISA (e.g., Regions, Sections, Caucuses, Committees, journal editorial teams) may not make official statements using the ISA name or logo. Individuals holding office within a group may make and sign statements in their individual capacity. Only the ISA leadership, as laid out above, is authorized to speak for ISA. Group leaders may communicate with their group members on matters of routine business (such as a call for proposals, group events, etc.)
- The ISA Caucuses, created to provide support and advocacy within the Association, may make statements in general support of their members when circumstances arise. Such statements must be reviewed by the President and Executive Director prior to issuance and may not call out individuals by name for grievance or sanction. If they wish, the President or Executive Director may share the statement with the Executive Committee for advice. The President and Executive Director will endeavor to provide feedback in a timely manner. When issuing a statement, a caucus must also include a disclaimer that the “statement being made by the caucus is not an official statement of ISA and may not represent the views of ISA, its leadership or ISA headquarters.”